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From a literature review to a conceptual framework for sustainable supply chain management

01 Oct 2008-Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier)-Vol. 16, Iss: 15, pp 1699-1710

Abstract: Academic and corporate interest in sustainable supply chain management has risen considerably in recent years. This can be seen by the number of papers published and in particular by journal special issues. To establish the field further, the purpose of this paper is twofold. First, it offers a literature review on sustainable supply chain management taking 191 papers published from 1994 to 2007 into account. Second, it offers a conceptual framework to summarize the research in this field comprising three parts. As starting point related triggers are identified. This allows putting forward two distinct strategies: (1) supplier management for risks and performance, and (2) supply chain management for sustainable products. It is evident that research is still dominated by green/environmental issues. Social aspects and also the integration of the three dimensions of sustainability are still rare. Both practitioners in companies and academics might find the review useful, as it outlines major lines of research in the field. Further, it discusses specific features of sustainable supply chains as well as limitations of existing research; this should stimulate further research.
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Joseph Sarkis1, Qinghua Zhu2, Kee-hung Lai3Institutions (3)
Abstract: Green supply chain management (GSCM) has gained increasing attention within both academia and industry. As the literature grows, finding new directions by critically evaluating the research and identifying future directions becomes important in advancing knowledge for the field. Using organizational theories to help categorize the literature provides opportunities to address both the objectives of understanding where the field currently stands and identifying research opportunities and directions. After providing a background discussion on GSCM, we categorize and review recent GSCM literature under nine broad organizational theories, with a special emphasis on investigation of adoption, diffusion and outcomes of GSCM practices. Within this review framework, we also identify GSCM research questions that are worthy of investigation. Additional organizational theories which are considered valuable for future GSCM research are also identified with a conclusion for this review.

1,483 citations


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  • ...These GSCM literature reviews typically begin at or around 1990 (e.g., Seuring and Müller, 2008b; Srivastava, 2007)....

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  • ...As the field matured, anecdotal case studies evolved into theoretical development investigations, and eventually theory testing empirical studies along with more advanced formal modeling tools for evaluating GSCM (Seuring and Müller, 2008b)....

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  • ...Thus, ample opportunity exists for green supplier development, which has been rarely investigated, within the scope of SNT (Seuring and Müller, 2008a)....

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Abstract: The aim of this paper is to advance research on sustainable innovation by adopting a business model perspective. Through a confrontation of the literature on both topics we find that research on sustainable innovation has tended to neglect the way in which firms need to combine a value proposition, the organization of the upstream and downstream value chain, and a financial model, in order to bring sustainability innovations to the market. Therefore, we review the current literature on business models in the contexts of technological, organizational, and social sustainability innovations. As the current literature does not offer a general conceptual definition of sustainable business models, we propose examples of normative 'boundary conditions' that business models should meet in order to support sustainable innovations. Finally, we sketch the outline of a research agenda by formulating a number of guiding questions.

1,233 citations


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  • ...This condition requires that a firm actively engages suppliers into sustainable supply chain management (Seuring and Muller 2008)....

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  • ...There is substantial literature on how supply chains are reorganized in the process of making them more sustainable (e.g., Boons and Mendoza, 2010; Seuring and Müller, 2008; Vermeulen and Seuring, 2009)....

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  • ...This condition requires that a firm actively engages suppliers into sustainable supply chain management, which includes, for example, forms of social issue management and materials cycles that avoid/reuse wastes (Seuring and Müller, 2008)....

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  • ...Also, modeling studies give insight into the complex way in which, for instance, regulatory standards and supply chain pressures interact in a supply chain (Saint-Jean, 2008; Seuring and Müller, 2008)....

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  • ...Also, modeling studies give insight into the complex way in which, for instance, regulatory standards and supply chain pressures interact in a supply chain (Saint Jean, 2008; Seuring and Müller, 2008)....

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TL;DR: The aim of this paper is to review recently published papers in reverse logistic and closed-loop supply chain in scientific journals and identify gaps in the literature to clarify and to suggest future research opportunities.
Abstract: Based on environmental, legal, social, and economic factors, reverse logistics and closed-loop supply chain issues have attracted attention among both academia and practitioners. This attention is evident by the vast number of publications in scientific journals which have been published in recent years. Hence, a comprehensive literature review of recent and state-of-the-art papers is vital to draw a framework of the past, and to shed light on future directions. The aim of this paper is to review recently published papers in reverse logistic and closed-loop supply chain in scientific journals. A total of 382 papers published between January 2007 and March 2013 are selected and reviewed. The papers are then analyzed and categorized to construct a useful foundation of past research. Finally, gaps in the literature are identified to clarify and to suggest future research opportunities.

1,157 citations


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Craig R. Carter1, P. Liane Easton2Institutions (2)
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to conduct a systematic review of the sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) literature in the principal logistics and supply chain management journals, across a 20‐year time frame.Design/methodology/approach – The authors use a systematic literature review methodology. This methodology allows for the minimization of researcher bias and the maximization of reliability and replicability. The study's empirical validity is further enhanced by demonstrating high levels of inter‐coder reliability across families of codes.Findings – The field of SSCM has evolved from a perspective and investigation of standalone research in social and environmental areas; through a corporate social responsibility perspective; to the beginnings of the convergence of perspectives of sustainability as the triple bottom line and the emergence of SSCM as a theoretical framework. While the SSCM research has become more theoretically rich and methodologically rigorous, there are numerous oppo...

1,147 citations


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  • ...…because: . the majority of research which has examined standalone issues relating to SSCM has been published after 1990 (Carter and Rogers, 2008; Seuring and Müller, 2008); and . the empirical research which has examined these supply chain issues from the more holistic perspectives of CSR and…...

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Frank Boons1, Florian Lüdeke-Freund2Institutions (2)
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to advance research on sustainable innovation by adopting a business model perspective. Through a confrontation of the literature on both topics we find that research on sustainable innovation has tended to neglect the way in which firms need to combine a value proposition, the organization of the upstream and downstream value chain and a financial model in order to bring sustainable innovations to the market. Therefore, we review the current literature on business models in the contexts of technological, organizational and social innovation. As the current literature does not offer a general conceptual definition of sustainable business models, we propose examples of normative requirements that business models should meet in order to support sustainable innovations. Finally, we sketch the outline of a research agenda by formulating a number of guiding questions.

1,090 citations


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TL;DR: An integrated and fresh look into the area of GrSCM is taken, using the rich body of available literature, including earlier reviews that had relatively limited perspectives, on the basis of the problem context in supply chain's major influential areas.
Abstract: Vol. 9 Issue 1 pp. 000‐000 There is a growing need for integrating environmentally sound choices into supply-chain management research and practice. Perusal of the literature shows that a broad frame of reference for green supply-chain management (GrSCM) is not adequately developed. Regulatory bodies that formulate regulations to meet societal and ecological concerns to facilitate growth of business and economy also suffer from its absence. A succinct classification to help academicians, researchers and practitioners in understanding integrated GrSCM from a wider perspective is needed. Further, sufficient literature is available to warrant such classification. This paper takes an integrated and fresh look into the area of GrSCM. The literature on GrSCM is covered exhaustively from its conceptualization, primarily taking a ‘reverse logistics angle’. Using the rich body of available literature, including earlier reviews that had relatively limited perspectives, the literature on GrSCM is classified on the basis of the problem context in supply chain’s major influential areas. It is also classified on the basis of methodology and approach adopted. Various mathematical tools/techniques used in literature vis-a-vis the contexts of GrSCM are mapped. A timeline indicating relevant papers is also provided as a ready reference. Finally, the findings and interpretations are summarized, and the main research issues and opportunities are highlighted.

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